Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Join in the parties at Spitalfields Music Festivals

Putting music at the heart of London, Spitalfields continues its fusion of global and local in the East End of London through its festivals.

Location: London, Greater London

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Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Bristol Balloon Fiesta

Don't miss Europe's largest hot air balloon event.

Location: Bristol

Free
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Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Get your jazz hands out for the Scarborough Jazz Festival

Each September the annual Scarborough Jazz Festival provides the ideal tonic for music lovers to wash away those summer blues.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Events
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Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Plan a day at Shrewsbury Flower Show

Shrewsbury is a pretty floral place most of the time, as you might expect for a town where Percy Thrower was Parks Superintendent for 28 years.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Performing arts
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Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Picnic in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park

Established in the 16th Century Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park must be one of the oldest picnic areas in the country.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Family
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Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get stuck into a flick at the Cornwall Film Festival

Get involved in a unique celebration of local and international films at the Cornwall Film Festival.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Get in the festive spirit and spend Christmas in Chester

Go ice-skating, visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

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Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Visit the UK’s largest outdoor festival in Keswick

Grab your Gore-Tex, pack the tent and amble over to Keswick’s big family adventure.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

Forests and woodlands
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Listen to the world’s top authors at The Bath Literature Festival

Listen to the world’s top authors at The Bath Literature Festival

Historical architecture, famous writers, highbrow debate and piles of books… What more could you ask for from a literature event?

Location: Bath, Somerset

Literature, film and TV
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Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

Party at NewcastleGateshead’s New Year’s Eve Winter Carnival

New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate, and the Winter Festival presents one of the biggest events across the country on New Year’s Eve.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations
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Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Live the sense and sensibilities of Jane Austen’s Bath

Travel back in time, and experience the spa town through the eyes of its famed literary daughter.

Location: Bath, Somerset

Culture
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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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May is festival month in Brighton

May is festival month in Brighton

Brighton & Hove kick-starts the festival season with four major festivals in one manic month.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

May events
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Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Pack the picnic and visit the Sunderland International Airshow, for a fantastic weekend of fun and entertainment, both in the air and on the ground.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Watch the best of independent film at Sundance London festival

Immerse yourself in a line-up of events showcasing the best of independent cinema and musical performances.

Location: London, Greater London

Culture
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Enjoy a summer festival of fun

Enjoy a summer festival of fun

The South Tyneside Summer Festival promises to be music to the ears of anyone looking to be entertained during the summer months.

Location: South Shields, South Tyneside

Music and nightlife
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Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

Celebrate Portsmouth’s cultural festivities

If you're a culture vulture then you'll absolutely love Portsmouth's annual festival of culture, arts and heritage, spread out over two weeks.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Visit Hyde Park at Christmas and witness a Winter Wonderland

Gather the family and get your skates on for the UK’s biggest outdoor ice rink at London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park.

Location: London

Festivals and carnivals

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